While traveling extensively around North America as an audio distributor and as an audio consultant, Jim Smith became increasingly discouraged.
Although he visited hundreds of audiophiles, some with very advanced systems, he was amazed and dismayed to discover that not one system he heard was performing anywhere near its potential! When a system underperforms, it’s a huge waste of the owner’s resources. The real benefits of enjoying the system are diminished - if not totally lost. These effects are not subtle: in fact, when confronted with the difference, audiophiles were astonished at what they were missing.
Then, in 2008, Jim was in a bad car accident, suffering a broken back and a lack of mobility for several months. Traveling to see clients was not an option. Some of his colleagues and friends reminded him of his disappointment in the sound of audiophiles’ high-end systems. They asked, “Hey, why don’t you write that set-up book that you said was needed so badly?”
So he did. It's called Get Better Sound.
And thousands of audiophiles around the world have benefited greatly, as countless e-mails, phone calls, testimonials and reviews have attested.
Click on the links below to learn more, and to read comments by respected reviewers.
Get Better Sound is not a book about how components work. There are already plenty of excellent technical and reference books on this topic, written by experts in the field.
Get Better Sound is not about selling you another component.
Instead, Get Better Sound is about how to make those components that you already own come alive in your room, now. Presented in a conversational style, GBS is based not only on physics, but also on Jim's successful voicing experience gained from over 35 years of installing and voicing all kinds of sound systems—for audiophile music lovers, for audio shops, and at the largest audio shows. Now you can use the same techniques that Jim used to win "Best Sound of Show" press comments and to receive consistent acclaim from his personal clients over the years.
"Wait," you might say, "why is there a DVD set when we already have a book?"
As Jim has traveled around the country, voicing dozens of systems belonging to readers of GBS, one thing became obvious. Even though his readers had reported a real improvement in their sound after employing the tips in GBS, they were amazed at the additional level of improvement when Jim voiced their systems. This happened at every site. When asked why the sound was so much better, Jim always replied that he employed exactly the same tips & techniques found in the GBS Set-up Manual.
But he finally realized that actually seeing the setup steps performed was more powerful and more effective for some people than only reading about them.
And so, the GBS 3-DVD set was born.
In this DVD set, you'll go on-site with Jim to an audiophile’s listening room to see implementation of some of Jim’s recommended techniques. In addition to some all-new topics, Jim has chosen a few key tips from the Get Better Sound set-up manual. He discusses them in an easy-to-understand style, but he pulls no punches to be sure you have the information that’ll make a REAL difference.
A few things that you’ll learn:
And much, much more. As ever, Jim’s goal is to show you how to greatly improve your sound, and how to do it without spending a fortune. Plus, when you do make a purchase, you’ll be confident that you’ve selected the very best component.
“Get Better Sound is the cheapest good tweak you can buy for your system. True—and I'm not bashful about saying it. It also has the potential to be among the best system investments you can make, period…”
Art Dudley, Stereophile
“I don't think there's been something exactly like this in our industry before. Not many would have the necessary experience. Fewer of those would have the writing skills to present trickier concepts simply. … In short, it's the proverbial slam dunk.”
Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com
"The ‘I know better brigade’ – the people who would never dream of owning this book because ‘it will teach them nothing new’ – sadly they are also the people who could most benefit from Get Better Sound. … It’s either the best book on audio installation around, or it’s the OCD grooming manual. I think it’s the former."
Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+ (UK sister publication to The Absolute Sound)
"I highly recommend Get Better Sound by Jim Smith, and I think it should be in everyone's audio library. If you'll take the time to work through Jim's tips and implement them in your Hi-Fi system you'll be rewarded with a transformed system. Don't think about it, just do it. You'll be glad you did."
Jeff Day, Positive Feedback Online
“…This book is one of the best "tweaks" you can apply to your HiFi system!”
Lucio Cadeddu, TNT Audio
“There are very few tips in this book that require even a modicum of technical knowledge or monetary investment, which makes Get Better Sound by far the most valuable $45 tweak on the market. I receive so many emails from readers who ask me about which component to upgrade, or where they should put their money in order to yield the most noticeable improvements. From now on, my answer will be Get Better Sound…”
Marc Phillips, TONEAudio
“While I have recommended numerous pieces of gear as good values, even great ones, I have never believed in a "Best Buy" until now. No matter what your system consists of, or what type of music you enjoy, spend the $44.50 for Get Better Sound. For the price of a few CDs, you can improve the sound of every CD in your collection - and that is what I call a best buy.”
Nels Ferre, Enjoy the Music.com